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Where Sal Barajas Plays Golf
Los Angeles County; San Bernardino County; Riverside County; Palm Springs Area; Orange County; San Diego County; Ventura County; Santa Barbara County; San Francisco/North Bay Area; San Jose/South Bay Area; Oakland/East Bay Area; Sacramento Area; Fresno Area; Bakersfield Area; Monterey Bay Area; Santa Cruz Area; San Luis Obispo Area; Las Vegas Area; Mesquite/St.George Area; Phoenix Area; Western Arizona; Northern Arizona; Eastern Arizona
What's in Sal Barajas's Golf Bag
TaylorMade SIM2 Max Driver
Callaway XR 16 Hybrid (14 degrees)
Callaway Rogue irons
Callaway Mack Daddy wedges
Odyssey O-Works Black Marxman putter
Last Updated: April 26, 2021
Top 10 Courses Played (as of 4/2021):
1) Pebble Beach
4) Rams Hill
6) The Links at Spanish Bay
7) Torrey Pines
9) Seven Canyons
10) Classic Club
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Sal Barajas's Golf Course Reviews
Played here today (4/29) with the one and only RatPatrol on an 11a.m. tee time with absolutely perfect Prescott weather; 75 and very slight wind all d... » More
Played here today (4/29) with the one and only RatPatrol on an 11a.m. tee time with absolutely perfect Prescott weather; 75 and very slight wind all day. The last time I was here, less than two months ago, the course was still in bad winter shape; recovering from snow/ice, dormant turf, the works. Today was a different tale with only the greens still healing somewhat (in varied degrees) from punching probably 4 weeks ago. The visual difference in the grass helped highlight a course on the verge of being in peak shape.
Tees: A few chewed up boxes (whites played by both Jim and I) but nothing too upsetting. A few uneven lies here and there and the turf could use some TLC, other than that fine.
Fairways: The highlight of the round. They visually popped, adding to the enjoyment. The roll was more than fair, the ball sat up on 90% of the shots and they were in just good to great shape.
Rough: Penal at times but far more penal than the rough is the ESA and natural terrain that flanks the course.
Sand: Was only in two bunkers and they both had a decent amount of sand. Bunkers are present here so conditions were better than courses that are still using foot-rakes.
Greens: A bit of letdown that they had not healed 100% since they were punched. A few bumpy putts here and there, but overall medium to slow speeds with some really tricky breaks.
ETC: Property offers what you need: clubhouse has more than enough gear and drinks for last minute thirst quenching. Was told by our playing partners that the grill puts out great food and cart did have a small menu that indicated you order on 8th tee. Staff was friendly and helpful. Beverage cart attendant came around twice (moving our carts when we, I guess, blocked her way), golf carts could use some TLC or simply be replaced; balding tire, wear and tear to all parts of the cart, no GPS. The layout is fun and challenging, think Salt Creek/Mt. Woodson/Steele Canyon hybrid. Highly recommend before they up prices for summer.» Close
Played here yesterday (4/12) with Nickesquire for GK Cup 17, Match 2 on a picture perfect Sedona day in spring. Nick's review is spot on so I won't ad... » More
Played here yesterday (4/12) with Nickesquire for GK Cup 17, Match 2 on a picture perfect Sedona day in spring. Nick's review is spot on so I won't add too much it, rather try and perhaps give a "local" take on it. The last time I played here about 4 months ago, the fairways were awful and a lot of the course (except for the greens) needed some TLC. Fast forward to yesterday and the course was in excellent shape; fairways were visually popping against the red rock background, the greens ran quickly and true, the rough had teeth, and even the tee boxes were good.
Even though Sedona GR, is now run by a different company than it was last year, they are happily accepting Troon Card members and honoring their usual discounts and awarding points for play. With that in mind, the reasons to come out here and play are too many to pass up. The course will only be in this peak shape for another 1.5 months in my opinion, but it's a very good option for those in Sedona who can't/choose not to play Seven Canyons.» Close
Played here as the final round of a quick Palm Springs visit with GK member Kassper7 on a blustery and cold start 7:40AM tee time using the Golf Moose... » More
Played here as the final round of a quick Palm Springs visit with GK member Kassper7 on a blustery and cold start 7:40AM tee time using the Golf Moose voucher. First time playing this course and although I was impressed at just how difficult it played (winds or not), perhaps the style of course doesn’t suit me or my game much and I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would have hoped. Conditions today were probably on par with what the facility is supposed to be, but for a course that features a small resort/vacations residences, nothing easy about its play!
Tee boxes: Played the yellow tees today and was the first time I have EVER seen a non-first tee time out situation in which the markers weren’t spaced out on the boxes; that is to say we came upon every tee box up to and including the last hole and the markers were simply side by side either in front of or to the side of the corresponding tee box, very odd. I barely remember the conditions of them because I was so befuddled with why they were like this.
Fairways: Good to great shape, the highlight for me of the round. They were visually pleasing (about 10x more so than the few holes on South I saw), offered good lies, and roll was fair.
Rough: Thick in many areas though a far greater penalty awaited you in the rocky/sandy native areas where the rough WASNT present!
Sand: Bunkers ranged from pathetic to pretty decent depending on the hole. Those that were awful had grass, areas of mud/rock hard dirt, and various other imperfections that begged the question “do these ever look good”. The good sand was mostly native areas.
Greens: Good I would say in terms of conditions. The roll was there for the most part, a few bumpy trails on putts though. Few divot but that stems from hard surfaces. Contouring, undulation, and mounding on these greens though was borderline ridiculous however. These greens looked like someone stashed nuclear waste under them. The false fronts were like the cliffs of Dover! Not sure how this is enjoyable to anyone not a scratch golfer but play at your own risk!
ETC: Property is pretty dated and has what Kassper7 called a “rustic” (tongue in cheek) feel. All
employees encountered were friendly. Carts are basic with basic GPS unit attached to driver side of cart (same one Shadow Ridge uses; shame on you Shadow Ridge, upgrade for God’s sake). Layout is interesting with wide variety of holes. Grill was open by end of round and had some great smelling and looking tacos! Pace today was an increíble 4 hours even with us getting nearly hit by impatient twosome behind us and waiting on group ahead of us. Cant say I’ll be back even for the price as I prefer to play better conditioned and more fair tests of golf in area rich with options.» Close
Classic Club Palm Desert, CAReviewed by: sbarajasjr, San Diego
Played here today (3/25) with GK member Kassper7 and my buddies Jeremiah and Josh on a 10:00AM tee time on what was forecasted to be consistent 20MPH ... » More
Played here today (3/25) with GK member Kassper7 and my buddies Jeremiah and Josh on a 10:00AM tee time on what was forecasted to be consistent 20MPH wind with gusts in the 40's, that simply didn't transpire until nearly the end of the round! I have always enjoyed Classic Club more than just about any other course out this way, even if it does beat me up quite easily, but the more I play it, the greater respect I have for its design and conditions.
Tee boxes: Played the white tees today and felt they were in good shape overall. There are various tee options here and since most people THINK they can play the tips or the next up, the whites were in probably better shape than expected.
Fairways: Carpet, simply put. A few divots peppered here and there and perhaps not as pristine as Shadow Ridge, but a smidge less is still a 9 in my book. Fair roll today.
Rough: More penal than Shadow Ridge and found more of it. Gripped your clubs as you tried to fight through it.
Bunkers: Bunkers a plenty, all in good shape with great amounts of nice sand. Rake provided in your cart too!
Greens: Had what I deem a very fine sand top dressing on them that didn't seem to affect roll. Breaks at times were tricky but speed and false fronts were biggest guards to these.
ETC: Wonderful property, Troon operated so all class. Greeter to start, beverage attendant on course, helpers after to clean clubs; it's what to be expected for this place and they deliver. Play in the AM to try and avoid winds. $15 food/beverage voucher and new Classic Club towel continues to be included with green fee. Pace today was 4.5 on the dot but waited/were pushed nearly every hole after #3. A top 10-20 course for me!» Close
Played here today (3/24) with GK member Kassper7 and my buddies Jeremiah and Josh on an 11:27AM tee time on what began as a windy but ended in absolut... » More
Played here today (3/24) with GK member Kassper7 and my buddies Jeremiah and Josh on an 11:27AM tee time on what began as a windy but ended in absolutely perfect March Palm Springs weather. This was my second time playing Shadow Ridge and I walked away perhaps even more impressed with this course, probably because my playing partners (all first timers here) enjoyed it so much, we all played well, and conditions were a tick below perfect.
Tee boxes: Played the gold tees today and no issues to report. Some boxes were a bit chewed up but no more than any other tee option would if you tee off near noon.
Fairways: Typical Palm Springs carpet of spectacular green contrasting the natural landscape. Roll was more than fair, lies were excellent, and the ball sat up very nicely.
Rough: Rough was penal though not nearly as tough as it could be. The areas surrounding each hole (natural waste areas) are far more penal.
Bunkers: Lots of bunkers at this course, but each one had nice sand in copious amounts. No rakes yet.
Greens: Wonderfully contoured, roll was at times slow and at times fast, but always smooth and true. Undulation was crazy on some holes.
ETC: Nice carts with very basic GPS. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Cart attendant came around twice and snack shack under the clubhouse was open, though the one at the turn seems to have been closed for some time. Conditions and layout here are excellent. Pace today was ~4.75 hours but at times slowed quite a bit as group in front played slow due to slow play ahead of them, and of course the group behind us was a fivesome of impatient seniors consistently hitting at our heels. Highly recommend Shadow Ridge right now.» Close
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